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Second Day's Proceedings.

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leave off so well. The expression was hardly so touching as other choirs, and verging upon the mechanical. The attack was excellent. but the rendering was not convincing. The last part again was not sufficientiy fiery. No.4 Choir had a beautiful sympathetic tone, and had touched him. The tone an blending were as sweet and as touching as one oould possibly wish. The phrasing was charm- ing, and the expression was also a great point. I conductor, licjwever, Should beware ot overdoing in expression. In this second piece "You stole my love," they began excellently; the first trebles were rather predominant, and the altos weak. The conductor had taken a somewhat unwarrantable liberty in making the Rallentando excessive, and making a pause not marked in the copy. He quite agreed with introducing originality into a musical piece. but this should improve, and the conductor whe introduced originality into their rendering (should be judged 'by same. The maximum number of marks attainable had been placed at 60 each test piece; 120 in all. Out of this number the first choir had secured 50 in the first and 47 in the second; second choir, 53 and 46; third, 50 and 46; fourth, 55 and 50. The winning conductress and conductor were accordingly invested by Mr E. H. Davies amidst much cheering. Englynion on "The Battle of Omdurman." One entry, that of "Ap Rhagfyr's." The ad- judicator deemed this composition well worthy of the prize, one guinea (given by Mr Daniel Thomas, Post Office, Treaiaw). The winner wat; Mr Charles Parry, Primrose Street, Tony- piandy. SOPRANO SOLO. This proved a very interesting competition, and attracted 10 competitors to the pavilion. Tli- test piece was "Softly Sigh the Voice of Evening" (Weber), and a prize of £1 11s 6d (given by Mr J. W. Richards, chemist, Tony- pandy), was offered. Four young ladies were selected to appear on the stage, and after a keen contest, the adjudicators awarded in fa- vour of the first singer, who proved to be Miss Amy Efvans, Tonypandy, who received 61 marks out of 60 as maximum. The announce- ment was received with: loud acclamation, the success of the young Tonypandy lady, who is c-ily 14 years, being most popular. The pre- sident, Mr D. W. Davies, awarded a consola- tion prize of 10s to the second singer, Miss Mabel Mander, Cardiff, who secured 49 marks. Miss Evans is the pupil of Mr David Lloyd, Tonypandy, while Miss Mander was trained bv her sister. Miss Mander, R.A.M. BEST SATIRE ON "FOOTBALL." Only two compositions were received for a prize of one guinea in this competition. The adjudicator decided to divide the prize, the winners being Messrs B. Phillips (Myfyrfab), Felinfoel, and D. Edwards, Hopkinstown, Pontypridd, who received 10s 6d each. BEST TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH TO WELSH. "The Grand Canon in America" was the test piece, and there were nine entries. The Rev B. D. Johns, the adjudicator, declared in fa- vour of "Twm Wba," who proved to be Miss Blanche Thomas, Gelli, Llanharry. Best Programme of Subjects for the Tony- pandy Gold Crown Eisteddfod.—Two received, Trevor and Ap lorwerth, and the prize was ultimately divided between the two, whose names were Messrs William Jenkins, G.T.S.C., Treorky, and Edward Lewis, Aber. BRASS BAND MARCHING TEST. At 12.15 a brass band quick step contest, Class A, in which four bands participated, took place. The prize offered was one guinea. Bands competed in following order: (1) Arael Griffin Temperance Brass Band, (2) Ferndale Prize Band, (3) Tillery Collieries Brass Band, (4) Mountain Ash Volunteer Band. The ad- judication by Mr J. Ord Hume was as fol- lows: In the quick step test the playing was of a very remarkable nature, considering the unfavourable condition of the weather. This accounted for the formation of a ring instead oF thn customary marching in file. It proved a Ttery excellent affair altogether. He had nr difficulty in finding the first prize on this occasion. He was very pleased in awarding it to the band that had played first for almost a II faultless performance.. The next in order of merit were 2, 4, and 3. BRASS BAND CONTEST. The keen aud appreciative manner in which the performances in this contest were received showed plainly that the popularity of brass I band contest is increasing by leaps and bounds. Although six bands appeared on the stage, the interest was sustained throughout, and each ( performance came in for a round of applause. Four prizes were given for the finest rendering of "Verdi" (Wright and Round), viz., first, L16, and a set of silver carvers to the conduc- tor (given by Mr B. Isaacs, jeweller, Tony- pr.iidy); second, JE9; third, JM. fourth, £ 2. The order of play was (1) Tillery Collieries Bjrass Bani, (2) Arael Griffin Temperance Brass Band, (3) Aberdare Town Brass Band, (4), Mountain Ash Volunteer Band, i5) Fern- dale Prize Band, (6), Aberaman Silver Prize Band. The prizes were awarded as follows: 1 No. 5; 2, No. 2; 3, No. 3, and 4, No. 6. The next in order of merit were Nc. 4 and 1. TENOR SOLO. There were over 20 competitors in the pre- liminary on this solo, the test of which was (a) Deeper and Deeper Still," and (b) "Waft ht" angels." Four appeared in the final, and the prize was ultimately awarded to Mr Ed- ward Davies, Morriston, pupil of Mr J. T. Jones, Morriston. BEST SOLO ON ANY WIND INSTRU- MENT. The first prize was awarded to the clarionet player, Mr W. E. Ward, Tonypandy, who re- ceived a guinea (given by Mr W. Lawrence, Victoria Buildings, Tonypandy). A special prize of 10s (given by Mr David Jones, chait man of committee, and Mr George Evans, sec- retary) was awarded to Master Alfred J. Bro- mead, Pentre, a. lad 14 years of age, and mem- ber of the Cory's Band, who played a trom- bone solo. CHIEF CHORAL COMPETITION. Four choirs entered in this competition, and sang in the following order: (1), Ynyshir Uni- ted Choir (120 voices), conductor, Mr Gwilym Thomas; (2) Noddfa Choral Society, Ponty- I cymmer, conductor, Mr John Phillips; (3) Maesteg Music Lovers, conductor, Gwilym Taf); (4) Bethania United Choral Society. Maesteg, conductor, Mr S. Davies. The test psece was "Be not afraid!" from "Elijah." The first prize was £ 60, and a handsome gold crown, supplied by Mr Kinstley, jeweller, to the successful conductor; second prize, £ 20. The competition commenced about six o'clock. and there was intense excitement, each choir being accorded a hearty reception. After a few minutes' deliberation, the adjudicators de. livered their award. In his adjudication Dr Mc Naught commented upon the glorious test piece; in his opinion, it helped to show off some of the finest qualities, but in his judg- ment it would be better to choose those com- petition pieces which allowed far more varied expression. This piece aid not afford choirs an opportunity of displaying but one quality, and that was the forte expression. Coming to th separate choirs. In the first the rhythmic was most praiseworthy, but the tone of attack was not always unanimous, especially amongst the sopranos. The female voices were not as good as the men's voices; therefore, the blend- ing suffered in that part of the chorus where the time changed, the choir did not seem to have acquired the joyful bounding rhythm that is called for in that particular place. The basses were of a very good quality. The ex pression was good, but not always so. He wished to disagree wifli, that course adopted by three of the conductors in the change of the time. The choirs should in the last portion of the chorus have returned to the original time, and not work it as an adagio. In the second choir the rhythm was very fair,, but not suffici- ent elasticity in it. The tone was good, and th; blending was first rate. The basses were rich, and well in tune. There was much to be commended in the attack of the first move- ment. The expression was good, and the at- tack at the end was solid. The ritard. was well managed, the time being a perfectly right in- terpretatton. In the third choir the tone was excellent; the soprano, however, were not very ful!. The altos were a trifle weak. Tha Un,ity of attack was satisfactory, and the animated movement was good, but the ritard. wos overdone, and got too slow. The expres- sion was very commendable. The sopranos of the fourth choir were good, but inclined to hardness. Altos were harsh, and tenors of a ,good quality and basses rich. In one part of the chorus a piano part was introduced. He did not think the conductors were justified in altering the classics. If Mendelssohn had ilL. tended to have a piano passage there he would have introduced it. He advised them not to tamper with the classics. This choir kept the fortes very well. The intonation was not per feet all through. Sixty marks was the maxi- mum fixed for the award, which weA given as follows: First choir, 44; second. 46, tfiird, 48; fourth, 46. The first prize and the gold crown was, therefore, won by the Maesteg Music Lovers, and Mr Gwilym Taf,. the ocn- ductor, was accordingly invested by Councillor r.. W. Davies, J.P., amidst deafening cheers. The second prize was divided between Maesteg- and Pontycymmer. MALE VOICE COMPETITION. In the male voice competition, the prizes were 230 and a baton and £10 offered for the best rendering of "Night and Day" (Dord). One party only entered, viz., Ton and Pen- t -c Glee Society, led by Mr D. S. Evans. Irt delivering his adjudication Dr McNaught qneried as to why they did not choose such picturesque pieces for mixed voices as they had just heard with that male voice choir in- stead of the heavy oratorio choruses which they always chose. He had no hesitation in stating that the rendering they had just heard was absolutely first rate in every particular,, t1-t phrasing being charming. He envied the, conductor in having such a fine body of voices to conducF. (Loud cheers). There was not serious fault, and they were fully deserving of the first prize. (Applause). Mr EVans was tben invested, and his choir afterwards gave a splendid rendering of "Martyrs of the Arena- The rendition was loudly applauded. BASS SOLCT. Three appeared on the stage in the final. The test piece was "Now heav'n in fullest glory shone." The prize cf £ 1 11s 6d (given bv Mr T. Evans, Temple of Fashion, Tony- pandy) was awarded to Mr George T. Llew- elyn, Port Tfe-lbot. The contestants in the final were Messrs W. D. Richards, Blaina- Ben Devonald, Pentre;, and George T. Llew- elyn, Port Talbot.. TRIO (S.T.B.). This was the final item of the day; it took place at the late hour of 9. Test piece, "The Angels' Night Song" (Dr Parry); prize, £3 311 (given, by Mr 1. Protheroe. Bridgend Hotels Tonypandy), which was captured by Miss Jon- nett Garnelt. Cilfynydd, Messrs Dan Thomas, Rhymney, and G. H. Wigley, Maesycwmmer- (pupils of Madame Clara NQvello Davies). VOTES OF THANKS. Hearty votes of thanks were accorded Mr D. W. Davies, J.P., C.C., for the able assist- ancc he had rendered throughout the whole of tlie proceedings of the Eisteddfod, and for his kindness in favouring them with the loan of the grounds.In responding, Mr Davies assured them that as long as the Eisteddfods were held at Tonypandy, they were weleome to the grounds. (Loud applause). Mr E. H. Davies, J.P., C.C., was also complimented. and thanked for the able manner in which he had conducted Tuesday's proceedings. M D. ?. Thomas (secretary of the Liberal and Lai hour Association), in proposing the votes said that both gentlemen, as it was wen known were most ready in assi$ting in any charitable effort. (Applause). With the singing of the Welsh National Anthem the proceedings wer* brought to a close.